Monday, June 8, 2009

Surfing - The Good and The Bad

While I surfed the web this weekend, I found two stories I wanted to share. One is very good news, and one if very bad news. First the good news:

From the HumanWare website - HumanWare, in partnership with the Washington State Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), has developed a new deafblind communication system. The DeafBlind Communicator (DBC) is the result of collaboration between deafblind individuals and focus groups, professionals from both the deaf and blind communities, and HumanWare’s engineering and marketing teams. The basic DBC provides three types of communication for deafblind users: face-to-face, TTY, and SMS Texting.

Check out their website and find out more about this remarkable device that opens the door to the world a little wider for people who are deafblind.

Now the bad news:

Apparently the life of a child born addicted isn't worth much. The child's parents abused and neglected her after birth, resulting in the child's deafblindness, broken bones, and cerebral palsy. Although the parents were arrested and taken to court, the father received a 4 1/2 year sentence and the mother a 3 year sentence.

Read more about this horrible story here...I wish I could bring the little girl home with me.

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